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Aura Cacia Essential Oils - PURCHASE IN STORE ONLY

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Aura Cacia Essential Oils - PURCHASE IN STORE ONLY

Essential Oil Basics

 

What is an essential oil?

An essential oil is an aromatic, volatile substance found within a plant. It is extracted from a particular part of the plant, like the flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, branch, seed or fruit. Within these oils, hundreds of organic constituents promote beneficial responses when applied or inhaled.

Where do essential oils come from?

Essential oils are sourced from all over the world. At Aura Cacia, we source botanicals from the geographic regions where the plants are cultivated and work to establish long-established, trusting relationships with the growers. 

How are essential oils produced?

There are three primary ways to extract essential oils from their plant sources: steam distillation, solvent extraction and expression or cold press.

1. Steam Distillation

The vast majority of oils are extracted using steam distillation. During this process, steam is introduced into a distillation chamber, which contains the plant material. The steam breaks down the plant tissue, causing it to release its essential oil in a vaporized form. The vaporized essences, along with the steam and other substances, pass into a pipe through the condensers. The vapors return to liquid form and are separated from the water, where they’re captured as essential plant oil.

2. Solvent Extraction

Solvent extraction is used when the odorous properties of delicate flower and plant material would be altered or destroyed by steam or water distillation, or when a plant—for instance, rose absolute or jasmine—contains very little oil, making steam or water distillation impractical.

Solvent extraction produces a concrete, which is refined into an absolute. To produce a concrete, the plant material is gradually saturated with a solvent. The solvent dissolves the plant’s constituents, including essential oils, fatty acids, and waxes. After the solvent is vacuumed off, the remaining constituents make up the concrete.

The essential oil is extracted from the other constituents with alcohol. The fatty acids and waxes are not alcohol-soluble, so they’re left behind. A secondary distillation then removes the alcohol, leaving the absolute oil behind.

3. Expression or Cold Press

Cold press, also known as expression, is a mechanical method of pressing citrus peels, such as lime, lemon, bergamot, orange, and grapefruit, to remove the essential oils. The expression method uses pressure to physically squeeze the oil from the plant tissue. This method is practical for citrus because of the unique oil-bearing structure of citrus fruit rind.

 

Kim's Herbs & Detox Center carries the following Essential Oils:

 

Bermamot BF (.5 fl oz.)

Cinnamon Leaf (.5 fl oz.)

Citronella (.5 fl oz.)

Clary Sage (.5 fl oz.)

Clove Bud (.5 fl oz.)

Eucalyptus (.5 fl oz.)

Frankincense (.5 fl oz.)

Myrr (.5 fl oz.)

Geranium (.5 fl oz.)

Grapefruit (.5 fl oz.)

Lavender (.5 fl oz.)

Lemon (.5 fl oz.)

Lemon Eucalyptus (.5 fl oz.)

Lemongrass (.5 fl oz.)

Lime (.5 fl oz.)

Patchouli (.5 fl oz.)

Peppermint (.5 fl oz.)

Rosemary (.5 fl oz.)

Sage (.5 fl oz.)

Spearmint (.5 fl oz.)

Sweet Orange (.5 fl oz.)

Tangerine (.5 fl oz.)

Tea Tree (.5 fl oz.)

Texas Cedarwood (.5 fl oz.)

Wintergreen (.5 fl oz.)

Ylang Ylang III (.5 fl oz.)

Medieval Mix (for immunity) (.5 fl oz.)

 

 

 

 

 

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 14 December, 2017.
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